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Two hikers on a trail in the Kettle Crest Range -- wearing backpacks and using trekking poles. Forested mountain side with peaks in the distance. Sunny, blue sky with clouds.

32 Spring & Summer Inland NW Trip Ideas

Inland Northwest trip ideas for North Idaho and Washington: including the Silver Valley, Lake Pend Oreille, Salmon River Canyons (ID); and Kettle River Country, Pend Oreille River, and Lake Roosevelt (WA).

View from a kayak of waterfall, Peewee Falls, over basalt rock into the Pend Oreille River.

10 Adventure & Travel Planning Tips for Summer 2021

Use these 10 travel planning tips to help you make the most of your spring and summer adventures during the COVID-19 pandemic era.


Ski Bum Advice: Stuff I Missed This Season

Out There’s Ski Bum missed three significant components of his usual ski day experience during the 2020-21 COVID ski season.

Fred Nowland in his ski gear on a resort deck with the mountain view and American flag behind him.

Spokane Ski Industry Icon Fred Nowland

There are very few true skiing icons in the Spokane area, but Fred Nowland is definitely one of them. A fixture of the ski industry for 36 years, chances are better than average that you have come across Fred at some point—whether it was in one of the various shops that he worked at over the years or perhaps at one of the local ski resorts.

Kicking Horse ski mountain in British Columbia's Kootenay range.

Shredding the Kootenays In the COVID-Era

Pandemic Deep Thoughts by Powder Matt from the Canada’s Kootenay Powder Highway in British Columbia.

A collection of six vintage ski instruction, how-to guidebooks.

Hand-Me-Down Ski Books

The allure of books from the 70s and 80s that cover a range of skiing topics — from ski racing, ski maintenance, and ski technique — is the historic glimpse they offer into ski culture from another era.

Selfie photo of Powder Matt in his ski gear on a sunny, blue sky day on the Kootenay Mountains of B.C.

Meet Powder Matt: Border Closures Deliver Locals-only Shred Fest In the Kootenays

With the international border closed for non-essential travel, we asked self-proclaimed ski bum “Powder Matt,” from Kimberley, B.C., to share about the pandemic skiing life along B.C.’s Powder Highway.

Pileated woodpecker, with its iconic red Mohawk and white striped head, soars among trees.

Close Encounter with a Pileated Woodpecker

If you spend enough time in natural areas you will probably have a chance encounter with wildlife, where you share an intimate moment in the life of that species. I recently had an impactful meet up, or near literal impact, with the largest woodpecker in North America.

Boots next to a manhole cover on the road.

The Rhythmic Restoration of Walking

What is it about walking that’s so appealing, and how can walking benefit runners? Spokane physical therapist Jonathan Hook explains, in this Run Wild column.

Kids and moms hiking along the trails at High Drive Bluff Park in Spokane.

5 Tips for Spring Hikes with Kids

Whether it’s one child or a small group of siblings, cousins, or friends, use these 5 tips to prepare for your next hiking adventure. Happy hikers want to go out again.

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